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Sky Sports announces four-year deal with SANZAAR to show wealth of southern hemisphere rugby union
*Sky Sports will continue to show the very best rugby from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina as part of a new four-year deal with SANZAAR
*Deal until 2025 to include rights to Home Nations Summer Tours this summer, The Rugby Championship, Super Rugby & domestic SA & NZ competitions
16 MARCH, 2022 - SKY NEWSROOM: Sky Sports has today announced that it has secured an extension to the broadcast rights to the very best rugby union from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
The agreement provides viewers with at least 150 fixtures a year headlined by the best club and international matches from the southern hemisphere until 2025, including Home Nations Summer Tours, The Rugby Championship, Super Rugby & domestic competitions in South Africa & New Zealand: The Currie Cup and The National Provincial Championship respectively.
In addition, Sky Sports customers will now be able to view a range of summer tours in 2022 as the Home Nations head below the equator, including Australia vs. England, South Africa vs. Wales, New Zealand vs. Ireland and Argentina vs. Scotland.
Jonathan Licht, Sky Sports Managing Director said: “SANZAAR rugby has been in Sky Sports’ DNA for almost 30 years and we’re pleased to continue our important and valued partnership with SANZAAR to give our customers the very best rugby the southern hemisphere has to offer.”
SANZAAR CEO Brendan Morris said: “We welcome Sky aboard once again as our broadcast partner in the UK and Ireland. Sky has been a broadcast partner of SANZAAR for a very long time and we have a very strong and professional relationship that has seen our tournaments delivered into this major rugby market. Super Rugby Pacific continues to be a world class tournament featuring some of the best players in the world. It is followed by The Rugby Championship when current world champions South Africa will battle the All Blacks, Wallabies and Pumas for southern hemisphere supremacy.”
This weekend, live on Sky Sports, there are four Super Rugby clashes to keep across, and it begins with an all-Australian affair as table-toppers the Brumbies host the Reds in an 8.45am kick off on Friday.
On Saturday, there are three Super Rugby offerings as Fijian Drua – one of two new franchises making their competition debut in 2022 - host Australia's Western Force (3.35am kick off), Moana Pasifika - the other new franchise making their debut in Super Rugby this year – facing New Zealand’s Chiefs in a 6.05am kick off, plus Australian pair the Waratahs vs Rebels meeting each other in an 8.45am kick off. For more details on this weekend’s fixtures visit https://www.skysports.com/rugby-union.
The continuation of the SANZAAR rights deal adds to a multitude of top-level sporting action on Sky Sports. Some of other the headline events in 2022 include every race exclusively live from the 2022 F1 season, all men’s and women’s golf majors, The Hundred, Premier League, EFL, WSL and SPFL football.

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